James and Mom
Today, February 11, 2012 when it is around 20 degrees, I tweaked the photo that I had snapped that day. I thought how fitting, too, are the verses from James:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."
Mom endured. She challenged me to do the same. With my Savior's help and guidance, I will let my faith grow!
I had the privilege to study for a few hours under the skilled instruction of Tim Ernst, an Arkansas master photographer. Taking us to Roark Bluff, one of his favorite classrooms on the Buffalo River, he explained how there was always this very narrow window of sweet light hitting the bluff for the perfect shot. Thanks to digital, we shot and snapped and clicked until the bright light washed out the best part of our morning photo op. Afterwards as we drove up to the top of his mountain for the studio session, a knot of intimidation began to grow in my stomach. One by one Tim went through the photographs of the six students. Each had such great photos that by the time he at last reached for the card from my camera, I seriously thought of bolting straight out to my car and never looking back. I’m so glad I didn’t. I should have known that just like he had brought out the best in the other photographers’ work that day he could find something of value in mine. Adding a little dream to the reflection, he pronounced it “fine art” and printed it out for me to take home. Thanks Tim!
The Big Spring in the Park at Cotter is considered to be a trout sanctuary. It is even rumored to contain water from Crooked Crook, famous for its bass, in neighboring Marion County. It seems the bass spawn for a very short time, and then leave the unfriendly cold waters to the kids of summer.
My husband and I along with some good friends had spent a wonderful long weekend in Nashville. As we were leaving The Hermitage Hotel, after seeing Alan Jackson at the Grand Ole Opry the night before, I thought I might be able to capture this quick image looking through the glasses to the flag waving on the hotel's facade. It was a quick snap but just about everyone who has seen it has loved it. I converted it to black and white, did some cropping, then had the print professionally framed. I think it makes an extraordinary addition to my dining room.